The Ruth Family Reunion

On Saturday, July 17, 2010 I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a large family reunion graciously hosted by my parents at their home, which just happens to be where the Ruth family grew up.

My Mom was a Ruth girl, and after witnessing the shenanigans at this reunion, she’ll always be a Ruth girl. See, she comes from a large family, hence the tag “large” family reunion. It was so good to see so many of my aunts, uncles and cousins. And for that matter, I met cousins I never knew I had. It was ten years since the last reunion and unfortunately I missed it due to work.

My Dad is a real trooper. He and Mom planned this event and I couldn’t thank them enough. A big thanks goes out to all who chipped in to make this one of the best days ever. Cousin Jerry and his sidekick Dr. Glen and their relentless determination to make sure the beef was cooked in a timely fashion did not go unappreciated. Aunt Anne, everyone, I can’t think of all those who lent a hand, Thank You!

My hero is Jesus Christ. But on this planet in this life my heroes are my parents. Thanks for a great time. I don’t know that its enough, but I tried to make some of the memories of the day last forever with a collection of photos. It was so hard to get a lot of photos but between gab sessions and re-acquaintances I managed to get 100+ pictures that are now up for viewing on Flickr. You can see them by clicking HERE.

Amazingly, and again with some well executed assistance, I was able to get most, if not all, in attendance at the time together for a big family portrait. Below is a sample, and soon I’ll have a version posted (somewhere with a private link) for family members to download and print.

God Bless this Family!

Ruth Family


Aunt Eleanor

Last year we lost a dear friend and a wonderful person. On what would have been her birthday in March, her son Rodney posted a video on YouTube as a tribute and a memorial to his Mom. Eleanor, or Aunt Eleanor as she was known to so many, was a fun, life loving, kind hearted person, and boy could she cook! I had the pleasure of knowing Aunt Eleanor for ten years and I cherish every one of them.

Click here to see the video on YouTube. Watch and enjoy a trip through Aunt Eleanor’s life as she waits for the rest of us to catch up to her.

God’s Signature?

I was watching a John Hagee sermon on TV the other day when I was totally amazed by a photograph he showed to his congregation and TV audience. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Well, I mean, I could, and I did, but I thought “Wow, just wow.”

The photo below isn’t the exact image Pastor Hagee showed on TV but it’s the same place. That place is an area just north of Jerusalem that Hagee says, and I believe, is an impression on Earth made by the hand of God long before the creation of Adam. Hagee believes that it is God’s “signature” because of how it strongly resembles God’s name – Jehovah – in Hebrew lettering.

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It took me a couple of hours to figure out just where this was because it is actually rotated about ninety degrees to the left so the top of the image is pointing west, and when you look at the area surrounding Jerusalem in a satellite image, there are a lot of lines made from hills and mountain-like terrain.

The key to seeing the resemblance of this scene to the word “Jehovah” in Hebrew is to compare the above image to the series of images below where I’ve incrementally blended the text with the lines of the terrain. I don’t know about you, but I truly believe there’s something to this.

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If you’d like to look this place up in a mapping application or website like Bing Maps, I’ve added the latitude and longitude co-ordinates to the first image. You can see them by hovering your mouse over the image. The image below shows the correct orientation

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If memory serves me, Pastor Hagee said this is the same place where Moses went and saw God face to face when he was given the Ten Commandments. Don’t quote me on that because after seeing the image on TV my mind was racing trying to figure out where I could find this image and I don’t recall much of the sermon after that point.